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As part of my blog rewrite, I wanted to create a striped list effect for my sidebars, something like this:

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In this post I'll show how we can take a regular unordered list and style it with stripes using CSS. As an example, here's a simple list of items:

<ul>
  <li>Apples</li>
  <li>Oranges</li>
  <li>Bananas</li>
  <li>Pears</li>
  <li>Plums</li>
</ul>

By default, this will render with bullet points and some indentation:

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Let's give our ul a class of striped-list, and then we can clear the default formatting like this:

ul.striped-list {
    list-style-type: none;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
}

This gets rid of the bullet points and indentation:

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Next, let's introduce the striping. That's easy thanks to the CSS :nth-of-type() selector. We'll give every odd numbered row a background-color:

ul.striped-list > li:nth-of-type(odd) {
    background-color: #e9e9f9 ;
}

We're almost there already:

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But we could do with some extra padding on li elements and I'd also like a dividing line between list elements. We can do that by giving each li some padding, and putting a one pixel bottom border on each li:

ul.striped-list > li {
    border-bottom: 1px solid rgb(221,221,221);
    padding: 6px;
}

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Now we're almost there but if you look very carefully you'll see that the bottom item in the list has a border, and I only wanted to use the border as a separator between items. We can get rid of that with the help of the CSS :last-child() selector, turning off the border on the last li element only.

ul.striped-list > li:last-child {
    border-bottom: none;
}

And this gives us the desired effect:

image

Of course, I'm sure this is all very basic stuff if you already know CSS, but hope someone finds this useful. You can play with a full example on CodePen.

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